A year has made a big difference in the speed at which elements of the offense are being put into place.
As of Tuesday the entire offense had been installed. Coach Butch Davis said that everything in the playbook was given to the players to work on.
It took several weeks into camp last year before offensive coordinator Bruce Arians had the full offense in.
"Last year we had to go so slow because there was no retention," Davis said. "Like I said back in minicamps and quarterback school. We were light years ahead at that time. The veterans that were here last year have been doing this for the last 15 or 16 months, so you can go a lot faster.
Davis liked the way the team came back one day after the intrasquad scrimmage.
"A year ago, the day after the scrimmage could have been the worst practice we had the entire season," Davis said. "Guys pouted. They felt sorry for themselves. They didn't want to come back to work. They didn't know how to push themselves. Today, we couldn't have had two better practices. We went full speed, and it was physical."
NOT PLEASED: Safety Earl Little wasn't in a good mood on Tuesday. An article in a local newspaper stated that Little, who played for Davis at the University of Miami, was one of Davis' "pets." The insinuation was that Little, who started all 16 games at strong safety, won the starting job because of his ties with the coach.
Little took exception to the story.
"For someone to say I knew I was going to win my starting spot and I'm the teacher's pet … I'm nobody's teacher's pet," Little said. "I come to work every day, and I practice and I earn what I earn."
Little's playing time might decrease this season due to the presence of Robert Griffith, signed away from Minnesota. Griffith is strong against the run, which is an area of play the defense needs to improve upon.
WAY TO GO: Receiver Andre King logged time in the slot with the first team during the two-minute drill. King caught a pass across the middle from Tim Couch to move the ball to the 11-yard line, setting up a touchdown pass from Couch to Quincy Morgan.
"No one gave him a chance to make the team a year ago, and all he did was make plays," Davis said. "He helped us win games. He knew all five position areas wide receiver-wise, and he played special teams."
MOVING UP: Cornerback Emmanuel McDaniel has made a favorable impression. McDaniel, 30, has been with five teams in seven seasons. He was Tampa Bay's fourth-round draft choice, and he led the Giants in interceptions in their Super Bowl season of two years ago.
"He came without a lot of fanfare, but he has a lot of experience," Davis said. "I'm telling you what, he's one of those guys that can be very sneaky and climb his way into that depth chart. He makes plays day after day. If you keep doing that, the next thing you know you're fighting for a roster spot."
DEPTH AT QB: Davis thinks the Browns have plenty of depth at quarterback. He spoke about how important it is to have depth at the position, noting how important it was for Dallas to sign Bernie Kosar after he was cut by the Browns in 1993.
"We wouldn't have won a Super Bowl in Dallas if we hadn't signed Bernie Kosar," Davis said.
Davis was the Cowboys defensive coordinator in '93. Kosar replaced the injured Troy Aikman as the starter in three regular-season games. Kosar also went in for a banged-up Aikman in the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco and protected a lead.
IT'S A BOY: Ryan Kuehl's wife, Kimberly, gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, Tuesday afternoon. "We gave him the day off," Davis said jokingly. Kuehl is the long snapper.
INJURY UPDATE: Defensive end Kenard Lang was back on the practice field Tuesday. Lang suffered minor knee and ankle injuries during a pass-rush drill on Sunday. He sat out Monday's intrasquad scrimmage.